Archives

Statement of Purpose

The Archives of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs) is the official repository of the records of the Community. It has a duty to preserve, protect and make available its holdings for use within the Community as well as externally. The Archives provides a historical record of the lives and work of the Sisters and serves as the institutional memory.

The Archives of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth is a private archive and as such access to the records is controlled. Certain records are restricted based on the content, status, and/or age of the records or to protect information based on canon law or state and federal mandates.

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Archives contains records from:

  • Healthcare work – including hospitals, clinics, the SCL Health System, and more, owned and/or operated by the Community
  • Social work – including orphanages, foster programs, refugee resettlement programs, work with the homeless, work with low-income housing programs, and more
  • Education – Including elementary, middle, and high schools operated by the Community, Saint Mary College, and more.

These records also cover relationships in the various states where the Sisters have served over the years – Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, California, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Wyoming; as well as foreign countries – Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia.

The SCL Archives strives to respond to distance requests to the best of our staff’s ability. For those wishing to research archival materials in person we require an appointment in advance.

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Archives Collection Scope

The archives of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth collect material pertaining to the lives and works of the Community. The archives holdings include the personnel files of the individual Sisters, missions in the field of education, spirituality, healthcare, and social services. The Sisters have served in Kansas, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South America among other locations.

List of Holdings

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